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Thoughts on life by Teri McCarthy

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Words, Words, Words!

Posted by admin in June 10th, 2010 | 6 comments 
Published in obedience, prayer, Uncategorized

Words. Can’t live with ‘em; can’t live without ‘em. Okay. I guess that’s not entirely true. We can live with ‘em…some of them. Not all of them. I’m thinking a lot about words right now ‘cause I’m preparing to teach a class on linguistic theory and well, there’s a whole lotta stuff about words in […]

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Spotted Goats and Insignificant Conversations

Posted by admin in April 27th, 2010 | 5 comments 
Published in faith, obedience, prayer

“I love Russia! I mean I really love everything about Russia! The food, the people, the literature—EVERYTHING!” I was my usual melodramatic self speaking through clenched teeth to an American teacher in China telling her just how much I wanted to live and work in Russia. It was an insignificant chat with my new friend […]

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Spotting the Difference Between Truth and Sincerity

Posted by admin in April 14th, 2010 | 7 comments 
Published in obedience, prayer

Kathleen Norris is a writer that takes you on a journey. She doesn’t have to use the old template of a beginning, middle and end like we’re taught in Comp 101. Sometimes the “end” of her books are really just the beginning–at least for me. As she leads the reader on a road, occasionally she […]

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Moses and the Spiritual Gifts Inventory

Posted by admin in March 24th, 2010 | 3 comments 
Published in faith, obedience, prayer, Uncategorized

Have you ever taken one of those spiritual gifts inventories? You know the ones. You fill out the info and then it tells you what your spiritual gifts are? I think their purpose is to help followers of Christ plug into the local church. Ya think? I was wondering what would have happened if they’d […]

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Pride and Prejudice

Posted by admin in March 16th, 2010 | 3 comments 
Published in obedience

I was asked recently to speak on pride at Sterling College’s chapel service. The first thought in my head was, “I’d be really good at that.” The second thought, “I hope the students think I’m the best chapel speaker ever!” Wow. Pride, at least in my life, is that insidious. Pride’s disgusting. I’m disgusting. Christianity […]

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They Shall Be Comforted

Posted by admin in February 4th, 2010 | 10 comments 
Published in Heaven, missions, obedience

Mourning isn’t just about loss of life. We can also mourn the loss of a dream, the realization that a situation isn’t going to get any better. I realized lately that I’ve been in a state of mourning—grieving actually over something that simply isn’t going to happen. We as human beings are pretty much who […]

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Am I a Donkey or a Prancing Pony?

Posted by admin in January 12th, 2010 | 11 comments 
Published in obedience

Sunday’s service was amazing! We heard evangelist Chuck Millhuff speak. This man is in his 70’s, been an evangelist most of his life, spoken around the world and now is the resident evangelist at our church. Still very Hollywood handsome and a very sharp dresser, I wondered what on earth this guy was going to […]

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Knowing and Doing God’s Will

Posted by admin in January 4th, 2010 | no comment 
Published in obedience, prayer

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God (Psalm 42:1-2). Urbana ’09 was one of the best Urbanas I’ve ever been to. The numbers were down—17,000 instead of the 23,000 of ’06. But the quality of each person there […]

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The Social Gospel

Posted by admin in December 13th, 2009 | 3 comments 
Published in faith, obedience

My girlfriend and her husband have just taken a pregnant teen in to live with them. They have two kids, a set of parents to care for and both work fulltime jobs. Wow! I don’t know if I could do that. Ministry is messy. The young girl got pregnant while away at college. When she […]

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Redemption Can Be Found in Every Pile of Garbage

Posted by admin in November 3rd, 2009 | 8 comments 
Published in faith, missions, obedience

In 1991 the average Muscovite woman had 18 abortions in a lifetime. (The national average for women across Russia at that time was six). The procedure became so common and such an everyday occurrence that most Muscovite women ceased calling it an abortion and decided to call it douche or a cleansing. It was a […]

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